Friday, July 12, 2019
By New Hope Medical Training
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A certified nursing assistant or CNA is one of the most important roles in health care. Many people choose to pursue an education as a CNA because they are unsure of what they want to do in the field of healthcare. In doing so, they do not have to go through the time and expense required to obtain a degree only to find out later that the field may not be what they really want. Here are 5 reasons why becoming a CNA before working in health care is beneficial.

 

#1. You will know if health care is for you before investing your time and money in a health care degree. Being a CNA is a great an inexpensive way to become familiar with the health care world and decide do I like patient care, can I handle blood, can I handle death, also you will get a chance to see how rewarding health care can be as well.


#2. Being a CNA is a prerequisite or is highly favored when applying to an LPN, RN or physician assistant program. As a CNA, it may be easier to gain access to other nursing programs, in particular, accelerated ones. As you can demonstrate that you have working experience in the field, it will be more likely for you to be accepted to these programs.

#3. Being a CNA will help you get your foot in the door. Most CNAs work as an RN in the same hospital, unit, or nursing home. As a CNA, you will be able to develop relationships with other nurses who have higher qualifications. These are invaluable network connections for your own career later on in life.

#4. As a CNA you'll have a flexible work schedule while in school. CNAs have very flexible jobs since people need care 24/7. You basically have an opportunity to set a schedule as you like it. First, Second, or Third shift, part-time, or PRN.

#5. Experience, Experience, Experience! You need the experience to put on your resume and to be better equipped when pursuing higher-level health care degrees. By being a CNA, you can experience the various medical fields that exist, which is a great way to choose what sort of specialization you would like to obtain if you ever decide to study on. 

 
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
By New Hope Medical Training
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Finding where you want to work and make a difference in health care is very important. Did you know there are a variety of areas and options available as a CNA?  Read here for various places you can work, and find more fulfillment and your niche in health care.

 

Home Care 

 

The upside of home care is you usually only have to work with one patient at a time. Your employer can find just the right patient for you and your schedule.

     

     Advantages

  • You have unique opportunities to work 1 on 1 with patients and foster a great relationship with the patient and families. Shifts may range from 4 to 24-hour shifts to allow for more flexibility and options finding a shift that fits your schedule.

 

Hospital 

 

Working in a hospital affords you to work in a fast paced environment while learning a lot of new skills. Some facilities will cross train you to become a CNA II. 

     

     Advantages 

  • Full-time work week; good benefits; strong job security; high starting pay usually.

 

Nursing Home 

 

By working in a nursing home, you will gain a great deal of experience as a skilled nursing center CNA. You can quickly decide if you want to stay in this type of work, or if you want to leverage the experience to work as a CNA in other areas.

     

     Advantages

  • High level of job security; excellent possibility of moving into other types of facilities; full time and overtime work available; benefits often offered; excellent environment to grow nurse aide skills fast.

 

Mental Health

 

Working as a nursing assistant in mental health, you will assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients. You may assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments.

     

     Advantages

  • It can be rewarding seeing patients progress; personal interactions with patients. 

 

Pediatrics

 

Pediatric nurse assistants work with children in hospitals, pediatricians' offices, and community health clinics. They help nurses, doctors and other medical professionals care for children with diseases and severe injuries. They also help patients recovering from invasive surgical procedures. 

     

     Advantages

  • Work closely with children; improve a child's health
 
Thursday, May 30, 2019
By New Hope Medical Training
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It's important to get away and take a break this summer to recharge. You don’t have to travel someplace exotic to have a great vacation, and you can enjoy your time off without blowing off your finances. Here are 6 staycation activities on a budget.

  1. Explore Your City. It’s time to visit the museums, enjoy the concerts, and take the tours in your hometown that the out-of-towners flock to. If you don’t know where to start, visit your city’s tourism website.

  2. Visit a Friend You Haven't Seen in a While. Save money by hitting up that matinee rate with your friend. Skip the expensive concessions in the theater and plan to visit a moderately priced eatery after.

  3. Have a Blast at an Amusement Park. There are over 400 amusement parks in the U.S., and there’s a really good chance there’s one within driving distance of your home. Spend the day discovering thrilling rides and fun games right in your backyard.

  4. Have an Entire Spa Day. Rather than rushing to get a manicure done, or getting a facial every six months or so, check out what spas in your area offer daylong value packages. Planning a spa retreat will make your staycation feel more like resort living. 

  5. Reserve a Room at a Bed and Breakfast. Staying at a B&B is usually cheaper than a hotel and you can usually get homemade breakfast instead of continental breakfast. Also, you’re much better off staying at a boutique inn and getting personal attention from the innkeeper and staff than the staff at a hotel.

  6. Go for a Swim. You or someone you know may have a pool in your neighborhood or living complex. You can create your own backyard paradise and have a good time with family, and friends. There's less time planning, packing, and preparing. It's peaceful, affordable, and you can make the pool space uniquely your own.

You can have fun on a budget. You just have to be a little more creative. When you do, you can meet your money goals while still going out—or staying in—for one awesome and budget-friendly staycation.